Jonquiere held its breath until the very last minute on Friday night. A power outage has threatened to undermine the spectacle of Roch Voisine.
Backstage, the organizers, the singer and his band were on the teeth. The disappointment was palpable.
Then, just a few minutes before 21:30, the lights began to flash. Sigh of relief.
The singer was preparing to go on stage to offer his Helena inevitable before letting the public, empty-handed. Quite a turnaround!
It took a while before everyone decanted and the show begins.
The some 10,000 spectators, organizers have done well to wait. They were treated to a strong performance of the popular singer.
The evening opened with a flourish the 27th edition of the festival. “We work all year. We depend on Mother Nature, but also electricity. People were really correct, “said Jennifer Brassard, president of the event.
A “Festival show”
Accompanied by five musicians, Roch Voisine offered irresistible melodies and some great American standards inspired by country music.
“This is a festival show. There are French, English with good tempo. We are happy to be here, “said the principal party.
Gently, with his harmonica, singer-songwriter opened the evening with Heart of Gold. From the first seconds, the crowd was seduced. He followed with Suspicious Minds and offered City of New Orleans by mixing English and French.
From around the region and elsewhere in Quebec, people boarded thoroughly. Sound, lighting, atmosphere, everything was flawless.
Then place in French with Miles after miles and the Idol. People like Roch Voisine. With his impeccable voice, he thrilled the park of the Rivière-aux-Sables.
He proudly comes I will stay there, tell him, and Annie St Kissing Rain. Pure pleasure for the ears. It gasping for more.
The crowd reaction was intense during the Oochigeas song. Everyone sang. The lullaby and Shout out Loud was also irresistible.
The rest of the show really well announced at the time of this writing. The temperature was perfect. Roch chatted with the crowd. Good humor prevailed. People sang and cried loudly when I’ll Always Be There.
Later, Before leaving also reacted the fairer sex. Good old hits that are timeless.
Few festivals in Quebec will have the chance to host Roch Voisine this summer. It will focus on writing his next album and should offer a brand new tour towards the end of 2017.
The first part of the show with the winner of the singer-songwriter category of the Song Festival of Saint-Ambroise, Mathilde Laurier, was canceled.
Jonquiere music will vibrate to the rhythm of training Chez Geek Dede Fortin Saturday night.